Which recipes make mulled wine a pleasure

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Mulled wine recipes

You should know these recipes for mulled wine

Every year before Christmas we like to enjoy the evenings in peace. We make them ourselves nice, like the Danes. Cozy. Peacefully. Full of enjoyment. This definitely includes a cup of mulled wine and home-baked wine Christmas cookies. There are many versions of how to prepare mulled wine. Homemade mulled wine tastes best. You can choose the taste yourself using the mulled wine ingredients. Here we present the recipes for mulled wine that we particularly like. For example, do you know the oldest mulled wine recipe? Or a recipe for white mulled wine?

Spiced wines have been around since ancient times

Spicy wines have been known in Europe for a long time. Even the Romans already drank it. In ancient times, spiced wine was called Conditum Paradoxum. People also enjoyed drinking spiced wines in the Middle Ages. However, only the nobles and kings could afford these. Taillevent, the chef of King Charles V of France, flavored the wine with cinnamon, cloves and orange blossoms. But the spices were expensive. Too expensive for a farmer or craftsman. The spiced wine Hypocras was even said to have healing powers. There was also a white variety, which was called Claret in the Anglo-Saxon world.


Mulled wine recipe from Wackerbarth Castle
Mulled wine recipe from Wackerbarth Castle Photo: djd and Wackerbarth Castle/That's the Saxon way. – S. Arlt

The oldest mulled wine recipe in Germany

Although the spiced wines have been known in Germany for a long time, real mulled wine has only been around since the 19th century. In December 1834 August Raugraf von Wackerbarth stood in his baroque estate in wintry Radebeul. The art and pleasure lover was looking for a special drink: It should make him forget the cold and warm his heart. First he added saffron, anise, pomegranate and other exotic spices to white wine. Shortly afterwards it occurred to him to warm the liquid. A brilliant idea. But the Raugrafen's recipe was forgotten and was lost for a long time. It was only rediscovered a few years ago in his estate in the Saxon State Archives. After careful examination, it was clear that this was a recipe that would be called mulled wine today.

His mulled wine recipe dates from December 11, 1843. It reads:

  • Good red wine per jug ​​(just under a liter)
  • four loth (one loth corresponds to almost 16 grams) cinnamon,
  • two loth of ginger,
  • a lot of anise,
  • 1 lot of pomegranate,
  • a lot of nutmegs,
  • a loth of cardamom as well
  • 1 grain (today around 60 milligrams) saffron,
  • sweetened with sugar or honey.


The mulled wine from Schloss Wackerbarth
The mulled wine from Wackerbarth Castle Photo: djd and Wackerbarth Castle/Norbert Millauer

Historic mulled wine recipe in a modern look

After the winemakers of Schloss Wackerbarth had viewed the old Raugrafen document, they immediately began to revive this forgotten Saxon tradition. They selected the finest white wines from the Elbe Valley and carefully adapted the historical recipe to today's taste. Anyone who would like to try the delicately fruity winter drink "Wackerbarths Weiß & Heiß" themselves can do it in the Castle Wackerbarth order. And for all those who also rely on ambience: the delicious winter drink can be tasted at selected Christmas markets in eastern Germany, as well as directly on site at "Wein & Licht" at Wackerbarth Castle.

Wackerbarth Castle in winter
Wackerbarth Castle in winter Photo: djd / Wackerbarth Castle / Rene Jungnickel

In the cold season, from November to February, Europe's first adventure winery transforms its baroque grounds and the adjacent vineyards into a fairytale world of lights with hundreds of lights every evening. With a cup of “Wackerbarths White & Hot” it is truly a pleasure for all the senses.

Our tip for connoisseurs: an Advent excursion to Wackerbarth Castle

Located in the heart of the Saxon wine route, in the middle of the picturesque Radebeul vineyards Castle Wackerbarth. Europe's first adventure winery delights its guests every day with an ensemble of baroque palace and garden complex, wine culture landscape and modern manufacture as well as "Cool Climate" wines, bottled fermented sects and winter drinks. Guided tours, the estate's own inn and many gourmet events bring visitors closer to Saxon enjoyment with all their senses. So best warm winter boots and thick winter clothes put on your clothes and off you go to the Schloss Wackerbarth estate.



Which recipes make mulled wine a special pleasure

However, there are other mulled wine recipes that you can make yourself. While we mainly serve mulled wine made from red wine, there are also mulled wine recipes that are prepared with white wine. This is common in northern Italy and Austria, but people also like to drink white mulled wine in Nuremberg and Franconia.

Ingredients for the white mulled wine recipe
Spices for the recipe for white mulled wine

White mulled wine recipe

You won't get mulled wine like this at Christmas markets, however. What is officially served as mulled wine may only consist of red or white wine. Non-alcoholic ingredients are not permitted, otherwise it must not be called mulled wine. If you make the drink yourself at home, that's no problem. Therefore, here is a recipe for a mixed drink with wine and apple juice.

Ingredients for the white mulled wine recipe

  • a half liter dry White wine
  • a quarter of a liter of cloudy apple juice
  • three cloves
  • a stick of cinnamon
  • two star anise
  • three tablespoons
  • an orange

Mulled wine preparation

Wash the orange and cut it into slices. You distribute these in the mulled wine cups.

Put white wine, apple juice, spices, and sugar in a saucepan and heat slowly. The mixture should not boil, otherwise the alcohol will evaporate.

Then you fill the mulled wine into the cups. If you want to intensify the orange taste, you can then add a dash of orange liqueur.


classic spiced wine with star anise and cinnamon
classic mulled wine recipe with star anise and cinnamon

Classic mulled wine recipe

Since real mulled wine must not be diluted with non-alcoholic beverages, there is also a recipe for classic mulled wine here.

Ingredients for a classic mulled wine

  • one liter of dry red wine (a heavy, good quality red wine tastes best. You shouldn't skimp on this.)
  • up to 15 tablespoons of sugar (depending on the taste and sweetness of the wine)
  • a carnation
  • a stick of cinnamon

Mulled wine preparation

Warm up the red wine slowly (do not boil!).

Add all the spices and slowly add the sugar until it suits your taste.

Finally, put the mulled wine through a sieve to remove all the spices.


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Mulled wine with a shot

If you want to serve something special, we recommend a shot of mulled wine. We have them for extraordinary occasions or when we have guests who we want to pamper.

Ingredients for mulled wine with a shot

  • 1,5 liters of dry red wine (good quality)
  • an orange
  • a lemon
  • two cinnamon sticks
  • 20 cloves
  • 0,2 liters of dark rum
  • 150 grams of brown sugar

Mulled wine preparation

Thoroughly wash the orange and lemon and cut into slices.

Heat red wine with orange and lemon slices, cinnamon sticks and cloves to the highest temperature.

As soon as bubbles begin to form and steam rises, reduce the heat to medium.

Add rum and sugar. After that, the mulled wine must no longer boil.

We hope you enjoy the Advent season with these mulled wine recipes.


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Source: own research, Wikipedia and djd/Schloss Wackerbarth. Our opinions definitely remain our own.

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Which recipes make mulled wine a pleasure

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savor and wine tourism worldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisen tried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writer and travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021 Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika on LinkedIn